The surgeries are complete and I’ve been home since the evening of the 24th
I wish to thank all those who have stopped by all 3 of my blogs to read and comment on scheduled posts, posted on my FB, and emailed while I was gone.
I toast you, and thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Your support and encouragement means everything to me.
In the short-term my vision is improving, I am taking 2 types of eye drops, several times a day, and have a pair of follow-up appointments before I head off to the Blog Paws Pet Blogging and Social Media Convention in Tysons Corner, Va., in May (16th-18th).
Going forward there are also questions related to income, housing and career hopes and plans that I will be exploring and answering but, for now, I am going to those appointments and to Blog Paws.
I am, as the above photo gives a hint, also not staying holed up in the apartment and am returning to blogging; I have a cycling story to share, from before my first surgery, plus a visit to historic old town Spring that occurred the day of the tragic Boston Marathon massacre.
I will be reading 3 short books, on social media for writers, that I’ve had on my shelves for a while, next month, as part of my Blog Paws adventure prep.
Cancer free is not the right term for my situation, as the tumor stays.
We are reducing its size, and there will be 2 laser treatments at 3 and 6 mo. and in a year we will know if the cancer is in remission.
The important thing is this treatment allows me two working eyes instead of putting undo stress on my lifelong weaker eye by removing the right eye.
Intraocular, uveal, melanoma is a rare cancer, but it is the most common eye cancer in adults.
In patients with small tumors that have not spread, intraocular melanoma can be cured and vision can usually be saved.
I can't thank Dr. Gombos and his team, the nurses in pre-op and post-op, as well as the 10th floor where I spent the night and part of the next day after each surgery, as well as those who took me to and from appointment, and to the taxi, by wheelchair, enough for the care I was provided at MD Anderson.
I want to share a few links to end this post:
Ophthalmology Clinic at MD Anderson
The Section of Ophthalmology at MD Anderson
On Uveal and Intraocular Melanoma:
Defining plaque radiotherapy – A pop-up
On Eye Cancer: